Enigmatic Murray still targeting Grand Slam success
October 18, 2010 | In: Articles
In winning the Shanghai Masters, Andy Murray once again showed he can not only mix it with but beat the best in the ATP’s most prestigious tournaments. The Scot didn’t drop a single set on his march to the title in China and broke crowd favourite Roger Federer three times in a one-sided final. Murray is now only 7/2 with Skybet and Stan James to win the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals but he’ll still be reflecting on another year of missed opportunities in the Grand Slams in which he reached the final of the Australian Open and the semi-finals at Wimbledon only to lose out to Federer and Rafael Nadal respectively. Incredibly, only Nadal now has a better win percentage against the once untouchable Federer than the Scot so it remains a mystery how one of the major titles continues to evade him. Federer and Nadal can also be backed at 7/2 to win the ATP World Tour Finals with Stan James, while Novak Djokovic is 5/1 with the same firm. The clay of Roland Garros will never be Murray’s favourite surface so a win in the French Open may always elude him, while the weight of crowd expectation will always be a handicap at Wimbledon. But there is no obvious reason why the world number four won’t one day find himself crowned champion at either Flushing Meadow or Melbourne. Murray, incidentally, has already confirmed he’ll be following the same path to the Australian Open next year by revealing he’ll be partnering Laura Robson in the Hopman Cup in Perth, where they reached the final in 2010, rather than compete in the Qatar Open. But he remains 13/8 with Paddy Power to win a Grand Slam in 2011 and 6/1 to go one better in the Australian Open next year with Skybet and Victor Chandler, though William Hill rate him a 4/7 chance to triumph at Wimbledon before he hangs up his racket and offer 6/1 Robson wins the women’s singles at Wimbledon before 2020.